Under ordinary circumstances, any number of obstacles can hinder a person's ability to safety navigate Wisconsin roads. In the wintertime, inclement weather such as snow and ice present a new set of dangers for drivers. Under these conditions, drivers not only need to be more cautious, but also need to make the determination of whether they should even attempt to be out on the roads. The risk of a car accident can significantly increase during times of bad weather.
Numerous news stories about accidents involving fatalities throughout the country and here in Wisconsin involve drivers and passengers that were not properly restrained during a crash. These stories serve as a good reminder for anyone riding in a vehicle to buckle up. Unfortunately, a seat belt is no guarantee of survival -- as was recently illustrated by the death of a 78-year-old woman who was wearing her seat belt, but died from a head injury and other body trauma received in a crash.
Now that 2013 is over, the Accident Records Unit of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is tallying up numbers regarding accidents on the state's roads. One of the first statistics the unit has released is the number of car accident deaths for the year. The results reveal that last year was the safest year the state has seen in some 69 years.
Two accidents within an hour of each other in one Wisconsin county had very different outcomes. In one head-on collision, the occupants of both vehicles survived, but in the other both drivers, who were the only occupants of the vehicles, died. For this reason, local law enforcement officials requested the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Despite the amount of information available regarding the dangers of drinking and driving, many in Wisconsin continue to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. No one believes that he or she could cause a deadly car accident after drinking. Unfortunately, many drunk drivers do cause accidents that not only kill, but leave themselves and others injured as well.
Police in Wisconsin are investigating an accident that occurred on U.S. Highway 10 on the afternoon of Oct. 25. Two people had to be taken to area hospitals as a result of the car accident. Three other people were, thankfully, uninjured.
A car accident can cause tremendous pain and suffering to a victim and their family. Wisconsin residents may find a recent study that stated teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a car accident and are the leading cause of death when it comes to car accidents interesting. This information could be useful for several reasons, including helping lower the risk to those who share the roads with these young drivers.
Authorities and personal interest groups tend to emphasize keeping drivers off of their cell phones and keeping them from drinking and driving. One car accident cause that may not get enough attention is driving while fatigued. A lot of drivers get behind the wheel of their cars when they are really too tired to drive.